WARNING TO THE POPULATION- ROUGH SEAS, PRECIPITATION, WIND AND SNOW FALL ISSUED 14TH March

 

  1. SITUATION

According to the IPMA, in the next few days the weather is expected to worsen, with increased rough seas (all along the coast), precipitation (occasionally strong), thunderstorms, strong winds (possibility of extreme events), and snowfall. In particular:

 Worsening of the maritime unrest in the north of Cape Raso, starting at 21:00 hours today (14 MAR), with waves of 5 to 6 meters, and it is expected that the situation will continue until 18: 00 hours tomorrow (15 MAR); the day after tomorrow (16 MAR), it is expected that seas will decrease  to 4 to 5 meters;

 Periods of rain, sometimes strong, passing under a rainfall trough, with the possibility of hail, for the districts of Porto, Vila Real, Viseu and Aveiro until 00:00 hours tomorrow (MAR 15).

 Strong wind blowing with maximum gusts of 80 km / h, for the districts of Viana do Castelo, Braga, Porto, Aveiro, Coimbra and Leiria until 01:00 AM tomorrow (MAR 15). In the highlands the gusts can reach 100 km / h.

 Snowfall avove1,000 meters in the districts of Viana do Castelo, Braga, Vila Real, Bragança and Guarda between 6pm today (14 MAR) and 09:00 tomorrow (15Mar).

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  1. EXPECTED EFFECTS

In view of the situation described, the following effects may occur:

  • Slippery road surface and possible formation of water and ice patches;
  • Possibility of rapid flooding in urban areas, due to the accumulation of rainwater or insufficient drainage systems;
  • Possibility of flooding by transhipment of water lines in the most vulnerable areas;
  • Floods of underground urban structures with where there are drainage deficiencies;
  • Damage to mounted or suspended structures;
  • Drainage problems in urban systems, especially those occurring during periods of high tide, and may cause flooding in the most vulnerable places;
  • Possibility of falling branches or trees due to stronger winds;
  • Possible coastal shoreline accidents;
  • Landslips caused by instability of slopes due to loss of consistency due to saturation of soil in water;

PREVENTIVE MEASURES

The ANPC reminds people of the need to take appropriate action, particularly in the most vulnerable areas, including the main self-protection measures as follows in these situations:

  • Ensure that rainwater drainage systems are cleared and that inert aggregates and other objects that can be drawn in. or obstruct the free flow of water, are removed;
  • Adopt a defensive driving, reducing the speed and taking special care with the possible accumulation of snow and the formation of water patches on the roads;
  • Avoid crossing flooded areas in order to prevent people and / or vehicles falling into holes in the pavement or open sewers;
  • Ensure that loose structures, namely scaffolding, placards and other suspended structures are properly secured;
  • Take special care in passing by and staying near wooded areas, keeping in mind the possibility of falling branches and trees due to strong wind;
  • Take special care in passing along the coastline and riverside areas more vulnerable to coastal gullies; avoid remaining in these places;
  • Do not engage in activities related to the sea, such as sport fishing, water sports and walks by the sea; avoid the parking of vehicles very close to the seafront;
  • Keep an eye on meteorological information and Civil Protection and Security Forces indications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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